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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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Traveling Trunks

Traveling trunks filled with activities and instructions may be borrowed for free by any teacher. Call to reserve a trunk and to arrange a day and time to pick it up.

"Livin' Down River" teaches students grades 4-6 about the customs and traditions that make south Louisiana a special place. Trunks include model boats, simple music instruments, games, and activities that spotlight traditional crafts, food, music, and festivals and holidays. "Livin' Down River" is available at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice, 337-457-8499.


"Home Sweet Habitat" helps students understand their Louisiana delta homes. This traveling exhibit bring the swamp life of south Louisiana into the classroom, with hands-on experiences designed to engage students through a number of learning styles. Lessons will make learning about Louisiana an enjoyable and unforgettable adventure; trunks include complete instructions, bio-facts, booklets, and scientific tools. All lessons are tied to the Louisiana State Curriculum Standards and Grade Level Expectations. "Home Sweet Habitat" is available at all Jean Lafitte sites (sites are in New Orleans, Marrero, Chalmette, Eunice, Lafayette, and Thibodaux; see this link for addresses, phone numbers, and maps) and in Chauvin at LUMCON, the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, 985-821-2800. Reserve a trunk by calling the site nearest you at least two weeks in advance of pick-up.

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Did You Know?

St. Louis Cathedral and a statue of Andrew Jackson on his horse in New Orleans' Jackson Square

Tourism has been big business in New Orleans for decades. Before the Civil War, the top must-see site on everyone's New Orleans list was its port, one of the world's busiest at the time. (Early 1800s guides for travelers actually used the term "must-see!")